Crown Lager | Crown Beverages

BA SCORE
63
poor
83 Ratings
THE BROS
31
awful
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Crown LagerCrown Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crown Beverages
Australia
crownbeverages.com.au

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
42
Avg:
2.1
pDev:
34.29%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of kylehay2004
2.58/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.94/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

compared to its style across the globe, its better than many. sold in australia as an ultra premium lager, and priced as such, i am surprised to see it among the worst of the worst here on BA. i think its better than its ratings. in these styles, adjunct lagers, its not really about whats there, its about what isnt, and a strict adherence to some key criteria. there are no off flavors here, ever. its not boldly flavorful like good craft lagers, but there is an appreciable malt flavor to this without any metallics or sweetness, check that box. it also fits the mouthfeel specs, a little fuller bodied than the light lagers which i like, smooth and satisfying when ice cold, with ample carbonation and not much residual sweetness, check that box too. its also sort of better out of the bottle, which is generally how i drink this kind of beer, so thats cool too. i dont think it warrants the higher price it fetches, but i do think its got a leg up on a lot of the american adjunct lager brands, for whatever thats worth...

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.07/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Standard yellow gold colour, slight filmy head.

Yeasty, reasonably unoffensive nose. Quite standard, nothing to really distinguish it - especially from the other CUB brews.

Somewhat yeasty palate - reasonably smooth (that is to say, it tastes like water). One might even say bland as all hell.

This is one very dull, bland and watery beer. Nothing to recommend it I'm afraid.

How did this become known as "Australia's Finest"? Obviously the brainwashing done by the CUB media machine.

An unpleasant beer, a waste of time and money.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

375ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/3/14

A clear straw yellow with plenty of bubbles but just a short lived finger of foam that leaves a partial ring and a few random patches

S sweet grains and some wet cardboard, very little going on, a little hay maybe

T tastes much worse, chemicals and pennies, not quite skunky but a little musky, some cooked veggies, and soggy cereal

M thin and watery, soft carbonation, about what I expect from a macro but the aftertaste is awful and lingers

O not horrible until you taste it, doesn't really improve after that

this ones a wolf in sheep's clothing, looks good before you open and drink it, well and truly overpriced avoid this one boys and girls

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Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
1.37/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Standard pale lager appearance, although the head shows some persistence...
Aroma is pretty horrible. Dirty, grainy aussie malt, no hop aroma (guessing isohops is used).
Flavours are equally boring, if slightly more palateble. Sweet grainy malt and some weak plain bitterness.
Pretty high carbonation.
First beer that's made me feel sick after half a glass.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours gold, with marshmallowy gelatinous head, very dense, with mega streaming carbonation that seems to be unending. I've spent a long time with this just sitting here and it's still fizzing away like a motherfucker. Looks over-fizzy. Well it looks like it should, but I just don't trust it. The head's still there, the carbonation is unending. There's something artificial about a beer that looks so much like a quintessential image of a beer. It should be natural, and have flaws.

Very unpleasant chemical aroma, smells like maybe some grassy hops, or more correctly, grass when you've just sprayed your backyard with pesticide. Very weak, what's more, and very simple. Really, genuinely bad smell.

Taste is weak and bland, with a syrupy corn sweetness that creeps up on the start and reaches you by the mid, and then a grisly pride of ringworm dankness, creating that signature CUB bread yeast character. Very unpleasant bitter hang, nothing fresh or organic about it at all.

And that mouthfeel? HOLY SHIT. How can you have so much carbonation in the glass and such a pitiful, weak feel? Where are the bubbles when I could use them, to add some texture? What a crown turd of a beer. Yes, it wins the crown. The crown for being an utter shit beer. This is so bad it's destroying my ability to write witty comments.

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Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev +31%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.06/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Crown Lager touts itself as being the best of Australian beer since 1919. Personally, we highly doubt that, but let's give the beer the benefit of the doubt and try it.

Pale golden, lively carbonation and an ultra-tight and creamy head with a stick to the glass that puts many Double IPAs to shame--very appealing. Musty aroma, with some cereal grain and soft metallic notes. Thin-bodied and watery in the mouth. The carbonation showcased in the glass is barely noticeable on the palate--meaning the expected crispness is not present. No real hop bitterness to speak of, but there's something resembling a watery sourness that tastes a bit forced and contrived. Quite sweet--actually, it's too sweet. It's more of a corn-based sweetness that tastes processed. Mouthful of straw in the finish, drying and unpleasant.

Brewed by the Foster's Group, Crown Lager is merely a fizzy, yellow, bland beer with nothing going on other than looking pretty in a Pils glass. It doesn't even come close to standing up to other beers within its genre. One of the worst beers we've ever had from Oz.

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Photo of ADZA
1.73/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a pale golden colour with decent carbonation and average lacing,it has weak grainy,hop aromas with an average mouthfeel,the taste an overpowering malty,fruit driven taste that doesnt taste as nice as it sounds and has a offputting aftertaste,overall because ive seen the micro light years ago i sit back and laugh at this lager considered to be australias best macro,i just hope the crown ambassador ive put away doesnt resemble this at all.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.25/5  rDev +54.8%

Photo of DIM
2.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a: This was a very, very pale golden color. It poured with a fizzy white head.

s: A little corny sweetness, not much else to say.

t: Same as the smell, just a little corny sweetness. It actually got kind of obnoxious by the end of the bottle.

m: Fizzy and wet.

d: At least it was free.

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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is an absolute pile of shit, how they have the nerve to call this a premium beer, i'll never know, its not even drinkable, sugary and sweet, if you're ever in Australia, don't bother trying this.

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Photo of DamienI
2.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Poupae
2.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of XsoldoutX
1.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear golden with small white head. Sweetish aroma of malt and yeast. Sweetish malty and estery aroma with faint hoppy notes. Sweetish afteraste. drinkable.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
2.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Hypersomnia
2.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chinabeergeek
2.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

from notes, tasted mid to late june 2009, kro's nest, beijing, china

best by date of oct09. importer label says bottled in 2009, jun 5

poured into mug

clear golden straw color. 2-finger head, slowly fades to relatively stable, thin wispy layer. splotchy lace at first, but then improves later.

aroma: some euro hops upfront w/ touch of bready malt. hints of weird esters or fusels, plus a metallic whiff.

taste: mildly toasted, bready malts and euro hops giving a crisp, moderate bitterness, but w/ weird, astringent chemical note. from fusel or phenols? makes the bitterness unpleasant.

light, not TOO thin, but still a touch watery. some smoothness, especially with the carbonation. weird chemical notes continue the uncomfortable astringency.

hard to finish. appearance is the only thing good about this beer, as the bros noted.

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Photo of pagriley
2.98/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear straw with white head
Faint hop and malt on the nose. Some fruitiness
Light and crisp, not much going on, but a slightly off taste on the finish as it warms
Light and refreshing mouth feel. Fairly heavy carbonation

Overall a sub-par Adjunct Lager. You could do a lot worse, but given Crown's "premium" status I expect more. The flavor profile is innocuous enough until it warms above fridge temp, and then there a definite off flavors

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Photo of SmashPants
2.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Format: that nice old crownie 375mL brown bottle with a classy macro label. Always thought it looks pretty decent.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass - mid-yellow in colour with limited visible carbonation. A very thin white head breaks up to a thin film and ring almost immediately.

Aroma: a sweet aroma of yeasts, grain and some sugar. A bit awkward at best.

Taste: and even more awkward here. Very skunky with a vegetal fug and some cheap adjuncts. I remember Crownies being better.

Aftertaste: some metallic flavours with a touch of grain. Still not brilliant, but at least the vegetal fug backs off.

Mouth feel: quite light in feel - almost watery - with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: an okay Australian macro lager, but really not up to scratch compared to others - even the standard macros. It is only AU$41 a case, but there are better around.

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Crown Lager from Crown Beverages
2.1 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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